EMMALENA — The Knott County Center for Family Health (KCCFH), a new rural health clinic located just off Hwy. 80 in Emmalena, now provides a wide range of quality healthcare services for the entire family.
Services are offered to all age groups and include physicals, treatment of injuries and minor trauma, women’s health exams, behavioral health management, diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, and lipid management, Well-Child exams, flu and pneumonia vaccines, and laboratory services.
Currently, the clinic does not offer childhood vaccinations, but TB skin testing and the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine are offered, according to KCCFH’s clinical director.
KCCFH staffs a full-time family nurse practitioner to address medical needs and a licensed clinical social worker to provide counseling and behavioral health services.
Laura Combs, the health center’s family nurse practitioner, also serves as a certified medical examiner for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and can perform DOT physicals for the renewal of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).
DOT physicals are a special capability at KCCFH, Combs said, that allows people living in the area to stay local for this type of physical exam.
“I’m excited that Knott County was selected as the site for our new integrated health clinic,” said Rebecca Combs, KCCFH’s licensed clinical social worker. “The integrated model allows patients the opportunity and convenience of receiving medical and mental health services, including psychotherapy, in one location.”
It’s an approach that saves patients time, Rebecca Combs said, explaining that the clinic’s comprehensive, coordinated care is meant to be efficient, seamless, and easier for patients to navigate.
“We provide individuals and families timely services with decreased waiting time, because we understand that their time is valuable,” Laura Combs added.
Laura Combs noted that the health center has also adjusted its business hours in order to cater more effectively to working people, who often need to make appointments for later in the day.
Beginning Nov. 16, office hours are Mondays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome, and in addition to scheduled appointments, the clinic also offers same-day appointments in which a patient can be seen on the same day he or she calls the clinic to set up an appointment.
As a special offer, Laura Combs said the clinic is currently waving the copays of Go-Hire and Kentucky River Community Care (KRCC) employees who have the Anthem Blue Cross PPO Plan.
Combs mentioned that the team at KCCFH has over 40 years of combined experience. In addition to Rebecca Combs, the clinic’s all-female staff includes three other Knott County natives – Tera Pigman and Janessa Dials, both licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and receptionist Amanda Terry.
Laura Combs, who relocated to Eastern Kentucky from West Tennessee, said she considers it a delight to serve the people of Knott and surrounding counties.
“Young or old, male or female, the physical and mental wellness of the entire family is our priority,” Combs said. “We look forward to serving families in this area for many years to come.”
For more information, contact the KCCFH at 606-785-9377.
Mindy Miller is the Community Relations Coordinator for Kentucky River Community Care, Inc.